Oh! I’m having a Careergasm!
Sarah Vermunt’s refreshing essays about how to find satisfying work helped me get honest about what I wanted from my next job
Last year I was on the hunt for a perfect job for me. After a savvy friend mentioned Sarah Vermunt’s book Careergasm as a source for career wisdom, I sought it out on a bricks-and-mortar outing to Chapters Indigo Bay and Bloor, one of my
Vintage candy meets cool aunt
When I first picked it up, I drooled over the
Refreshingly short essays
The physical design was what initially drew me to Careergasm That’s a legit reason to buy a book, right? But when I got friendly between the pages with
I love how it can be read in bits and bites, with each chapter as an essay that could stand on its own.
Some essays are quite personal. In one, The Burnout Club,
“It’s very possible that your body knows something that you just don’t want to acknowledge,” writes
At the same time,
But really, what
Actually, my optimism was totally stoked by
Author is a multi-media maven
But the best part of this book is how the final page doesn’t have to be the end of the relationship with
I was so drawn in I became Sarah’s client in her Career Shift coaching program. We started working together last summer, and she helped me get my career mojo back big time.
Sarah asked tough questions, gave useful advice and showed up in person with the same compassionately frank tone of her book. Plus, btw, always with the cute blazers!
I’m now working on a full-time contract that checked all the boxes of what I was looking for. Bing!
And I’m unabashedly recommending her coaching program, online course and gorgeous Instagram feed to everyone I know, especially the mid-career moms who are going for amazing.
I also highly recommend Vermunt’s content for new grads and young people just launching their work lives. Her next book, Career Rookie: A get-it-together guide for grads, students and other newbies, is due out April 2019.
A great time for a careergasm
And did I mention there’s a
IMHO, the time is now for younger women, mature women and older women to get together to take over the world.
Why shouldn’t we be hard at work in jobs that allow us to contribute in some way to the betterment of life on earth? Why shouldn’t we have dream jobs. Why shouldn’t we get promoted? Why shouldn’t we start businesses, form partnerships, get funding?
The world needs more careergasms
Ladies, the world needs us, and there’s no reason.
And that’s why Vermunt’s message seems so right for these times. It’s a meeting place for wise women of all ages who want to do good work in the world.
Vermunt sums it up in the final essay of Careergasm:
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